Tuesday, July 29, 2014


OA 864-2014 of CAT Principal Bench was decided on 12.03.2014, NCERT appealed to Delhi High Court against it. Now Delhi High Court had dismissed the appeal on 14.07.2014.


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Visit Bengaluru between 25th to 27th August 2014-7thCPC

The commission has, in its first phase of interaction, been seeking the views of various stakeholders on its terms of reference. To this end, meetings have been held in Delhi with various organisations and heads of various agencies.

In its second phase of interaction, the Commission plans to hold meetings in different parts of the country to facilitate stakeholders staying in various areas to present their views personally before the Commission and ensure larger representation. This exercise is being undertaken to enable the Commission to get a firsthand impression about the functioning and the condition of service prevailing in different parts of the country.

Accordingly, the Commission, headed by its Chairman, Justice Shri A. K. Mathur, proposes to visit Bengaluru between 25th August and 27th August 2014. The Commission would like to invite various entities/associations/federations representing any/all categories of employees covered by the terms of Reference of the Commission to present their views.

Your request for a meeting with the Commission may be sent through e-mail to the Secretary, 7th Central Pay Commission at secy-7cpc@nic.in . The memorandum already submitted by the requesting entity may also be sent as an attachment with this e-mail. An early response in this regard would facilitate proper scheduling of the meetings.

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Enhancement in the rate of Festival Advance as a result of increase in DA w.e.f. 01.01.2014-RAILWAY BOARD

RBE No. 79/2014
No. 2011/E (LL)/FA/1
New Delhi, dated: 22.07.2014

Sub: Enhancement in the rate of Festival Advance as a result of increase in DA w.e.f. 01.01.2014

Please refer to Board’s letter of even conveying enhancement in the rate of Festival Advance by 25% on increase of Dearness Allowance to 51%.

2. Railway Board vide letter No. PC.V112008/1f7/2/1 dated 28.03.2014 has enhanced the DA payable to railway employees from the existing rate of 90% to 100% w,e.f. 01.01.2014.

3. Consequent upon aforesaid enhancement of DA to 100%, the matter regarding revision in the rate of Festival Advance has been considered by the Board and decided that the rate of festival advance shall increase by 25%, w.e.f. 01.01.2014.

4. This issues with the concurrence Ministry of Railways.

5. There is no change in the other terms and conditions for grant of festival advance.

Please acknowledge receipt.

(Madan Lal)
Director Estt(LL)

Source : AIRF

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Bio-metric attendance system soon for employees of urban ministries

Cleanliness and maintenance of NirmanBhawan improves since last inspection of Shri Venkaiah Naidu

Shri Naidu makes second surprise check today; takes a serious view of late coming and absenteeism

Minister of Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu today made a surprise check of NirmanBhawan where the Ministries of Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation are located. He went around various floors and rooms for over an hour from 9.10am.

Shri Naidu has noted perceptible improvement in the cleanliness and maintenance of NirmanBhawan since his last such inspection on June 12, 2014. He however, noted that personnel at lower rungs like section heads and supporting staff in large number did not report for work in time and took a serious view of the same. Names of late comers were noted.

During the inspection, Shri Naidu was accompanied by Shri Shankar Aggarwal, Secretary(Urban Development) and other senior officials of both the ministries.

Discussing the state of affairs later with the senior officials of the Ministries, Shri Venkaiah Naidu issued the following directions:

1.All Joint Secretaries of the two ministries shall visit their respective establishments every day for a week to monitor attendance and find out chronic offenders;

2.Necessary and immediate action to be taken against those who report late for work;

3. Attendance Registers to be withdrawn fifteen minutes after ‘due time of reporting’ and late comers to be marked absent for the day and not to be paid for the same; and

4. Bio-metric attendance markers to be put in place expeditiously and attendance to be monitored strictly.

Shri Shankar Aggarwal, Secretary(UD) has assured the Minister that through various measures as suggested by the Minister, punctuality would be enforced within two weeks.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

MyGov: A portal for Citizen Engagement towards governance launched

The portal MyGov, a platform that serves as a medium for the people, specially the youth, to connect with the Government actively and facilitates their engagement towards nation’s development was launched today. Briefing about the initiative, Shri R.S. Sharma, Secretary of the Department of Electronics and IT said that ‘MyGov’ empowers people to contribute towards good governance through various tasks and discussions.

MyGov presents an opportunity to the citizens to participate in multiple theme-based discussions and to share their thoughts and ideas with a wide range of people. Citizens can upload documents, case studies, pictures, videos, other work plans etc. on the platform. They can volunteer for various tasks and submit their entries. These tasks would then be reviewed by other members and experts. Once approved, these tasks can be shared by those who completed the task and by other members on MyGov. Every approved task would earn credit points for completed the task. National Informatics Centre (NIC), Department of Electronics and Information Technology would manage the poratal .

Groups and corners are an important part of MyGov. The platform has been divided into various groups namely Clean Ganga, Girl Child Education, Clean India, Skilled India, Digital India, Job Creation. Each group consists of online and on ground tasks that can be taken up the contributors. The objective of each group is to bring about a qualitative change in that sphere through people’s participation.

Shri Sharma, the Secretary Electronics and IT said that the platforms launched today – “Discuss” and “Do” – will take feedback from the community and improve on a continuous basis. He said that his department has plan to have a mobile app for mygov.in, wherein while on the move, the citizens will have the flexibility to take pictures from mobile and upload on the forum, report in-context problems and issues etc. He said that this platform may even be extended to act like public audit platform for government projects. For example, citizens giving feedback on status of completed infrastructure projects, on availability of various social sector programs etc, he added. http://mygov.nic.in

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by the public servants -Lokpal Bill

Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions 
Department of Personnel and Training 
Establishment Division
North Block, New Delhi 
Dated July 23,2014 

Subject: The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act. 2013 - Submission of declaration of assets and liabilities by the public servants for each year and placing the same in public domain on the websites of the Ministries/ Departments

The undersigned is directed to refer to the subject mentioned above and to say that the Government has notified the Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2014 under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act. 2013. on 14.07.2014. The same is available on this Department's website at http://persmin.nic.in/Lokpal_Homepage~New.asp.

2. As per the said Act and the Rules framed thereunder. every public servant shall file declarations. information or return. as the case may be regarding his assets and liabilities as on the 31st day of March every year. to the competent authority, on or before the 31" day of July of that year. It may be noted that as per Section 2(1)(o) of the Act, "Public Servant" means a person referred to in clauses (a) to (h) of sub-sectlon (1) of section 14 of the Act but does not include a public servant in respect of whom the jurisdiction is exercisable by any court or other authority under the Army Act, 1950. the Air Force kt, 1950, the Navy Act. 1957 and the Coast Guard Act. 1978 or the procedure is applicable to such public servant under those Acts.

3. It may also be noted that the definition of public servant covers all Central Government servants (Groups A. B and C). Therefore, all Central Govenmient servants are req~ired to file the declaration. This is an important difference from the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules 1964 and may kindly be noted.

4. As per these Rules. the public servants who have filed declarations. information and annual returns of property under the provisions of the rules applicable to such public servants shall file the revised declarations. information or as the case may be. annual returns as on the 1st day of August, 2014, to the competent authority on or before the 15th day of September. 2014. All Ministries/Departments are accordingly. requested to please bring the provisions of the Public Servants (furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules. 2014. to the notice of all concerned for compliance.

5. Formal amendment to the Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules 1964 will be made in due course.
6. Hindi version will follow

(J.W Vaidyanathan)
Director (E) 

Source: http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/11013_3_2014-Estt-A_23072014.pdf
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National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I), 2014 – Declaration of Written Result

  On the basis of the result of the written  part of the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I) 2014 held by the Union Public Service Commission on 20th April 2014, candidates with the under mentioned  Roll Nos. have qualified for interview by the Services Selection Board of the Ministry of Defence for Admission to  Army, Navy and Air Force Wings of the National Defence Academy for the 133rd Course and for the 95th Indian Naval Academy Course  (INAC) commencing from  January 02, 2015.

                        The candidature of all the candidates, whose Roll Nos. are shown in the list, is provisional. In accordance with the conditions of their admission to the examination, “candidates are required to submit original certificates of Age and Educational Qualification to respective Service Selection Boards (SSBs) during the SSB interview.” The candidates must not send the Original Certificates to the Union Public Service Commission. For any further information, the candidates may contact Facilitation counter near Gate C of the Commission, either in person or on telephone numbers 011-23385271/011-23381125 / 011-23098543 between 10:00 hrs and 17:00 on any working day.  The result is also available at Union Public Service Commission website http://www.upsc.gov.in .

                        The mark-sheets of the candidates, will be put on the Commission’s website within fifteen (15) days from the date of publication of the final result (after concluding SSB Interviews) and will remain available on the website for a period of sixty (60)) days.

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Supply of Medicines to CGHS Beneficiaries

Government empanels private hospitals under CGHS for indoor treatment and treatment can be undertaken with prior permission or under emergency.

OPD medicines are issued by CGHS Wellness Centers on the prescription by CGHS Medical officers/Government specialists.

In case of Cardiac surgery, Cancer treatment, Neuro-surgery, Renal transplantation and Hip/Knee Joint replacement surgery, there is provision for issue of permission for post-operative follow up treatment from the same empanelled hospitals, where the initial treatment was taken with prior permission. In such cases OPD medicines as per the available brand name / generic name are issued by CGHS Wellness Centers.

In respect of other post-operative cases, where permission was granted, there is provision for issue of OPD medicines on the prescriptions of empanelled hospital for up to one month.

The Health Minister stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.

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Representation of Bank and Insurance Employees

The Government has received representation/memorandum from employees of nationalized banks and Government Insurance Companies regarding their salaries, pension and other emoluments due to the employees/officers.

The wage revision exercise in respect of employees of PSBs is undertaken through a bipartite negotiation process between Indian Banks’ Association (IBA), representing management of banks who have mandated it to negotiate on their behalf and the Unions/Associations of bank employees. The last meeting between IBA and Unions/Associations took place on 13.6.2014.

In respect of the current wage revision of insurance companies, Central Government has already requested Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) and General Insurers’ (Public Sector) Association of India (GIPSA), coordination body of four public sector general insurance companies and General Insurance Corporation (GIC) to start wage revision consultation with their employee’s unions/associations.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Finance, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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Main Battle Tanks

The requirement for Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) for defence preparedness has been assessed and laid down in the Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan (LTIPP) document for the period 2012-2027. MBTs ARJUN Mark I have been manufactured indigenously and ARJUN Mark II is under development. The T-90 tanks are manufactured indigenously by Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) under licensed production from Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley in a written reply to Shri KN Ramachandran in Lok Sabha today.


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Combined Medical Services Examination, 2014

On the basis of result of the written part of the Combined Medical Services Examination, 2014 held by the Union Public Service Commission in June, 2014, the candidates with the under  mentioned Roll Numbers have qualified for Interview/Personality Test:-

            The candidature of these candidates is PROVISIONAL subject to their being found eligible in all respects.  The candidates would be required to produce the original certificates in support of their claims relating to age, educational qualifications, community, physical disability etc. at the time of the Personality Test.   They are, therefore, advised to keep the said certificates ready.

            In accordance with the Rules of examination all these candidates are required to fill up the Detailed Application Forms (DAF) which is being made available on the Commission`s Website http://www.upsc.gov.in shortly. All the qualified candidates are required to fill up the Detailed Application Form (DAF) and submit the same ON LINE.  The Detailed Application Form (DAF) will be available on the website of the Commission from 25.07.2014 till 08.08.2014. Important instructions regarding filling up of the Detailed Application Form (DAF) and submitting the same ONLINE to the Commission are also available on the website.   The candidates who have been declared successful have to first get themselves registered on the relevant page of the website before filling up the ONLINE Detailed Application Form.  The qualified candidates are further advised to refer to the Rules of the Combined Medical Services Examination, 2014, published in the Gazette of India, dated 22.03.2014, which is also available on the Website of the Commission.

            After submitting the Detailed Application Form (DAF) duly filled in ONLINE, the candidates are required to take out a print out of the finally submitted Detailed Application Form (DAF) separately and will have to send the printed copy of the Detailed Application Form (DAF) duly signed by the candidate along with all relevant documents to the Under Secretary (CMS), Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi-110069, so as to reach the Commission`s Office latest by 11.08.2014.  The envelope containing the print out of the Detailed Application Form (DAF) submitted ONLINE should be superscribed “Detailed Application Form (DAF) for Combined Medical Services Examination, 2014”.  It can also be delivered at UPSC by hand till 11.08.2014 (5.00 PM).

            Interview of candidates who have qualified for the Personality Test are tentatively scheduled to commence from 26-08-2014. The exact date of interview will, however, be intimated to the candidates through Interview Letter/e-mail.  Roll Number wise Interview Schedule will also be made available on Commission`s Website in due course.  The candidates are advised to check their e-mail also for further information.

            No request for change in the date and time of the Personality Test intimated to the candidates will be entertained under any circumstances.

            “The marks-sheets of candidates, who have not qualified, will be put on the Commission`s Website within 15 days from the date of publication of the final result (after conducting Personality Test) and will remain available on the Website for a period of 60 days”.

            The candidates can access the marks-sheet after keying in their Roll Numbers and Date of birth.  The printed/hard copies of the marks-sheet would, however, be issued by UPSC to candidates based on specific request accompanied by a self addressed stamped envelope.  Candidates desirous of obtaining printed/hard copies of the marks-sheet should make the request within thirty days of the display of the marks on the Commission`s Website, beyond which such requests would not be entertained.

            The result will also be available on the U.P.S.C.`s Website http://www.upsc.gov.in.

            Union Public Service Commission has a Facilitation Counter at its campus.  Candidate may obtain any information/clarification regarding their examination/result on working days between 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM in person or over telephone Nos. (011)-23385271/23381125/23098543 from this counter.

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Important message to employees who are retiring within the next six months-DOPT

Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare

Important message to employees who are retiring within the next six months

The Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare is organizing a Pre-retirement counseling workshop on 30th July, 2014 from 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM in the Conference Room of Department of Administrative Reforms, 5th Floor, Sardar Patel Bhawan, New Delhi. The retiring employees of Government of India about to retire in the next 6 months are hereby informed that they may attend the workshop. You may send your confirmation with Name, Ministry & Phone No. at the email address mkumar.mol@nic.in

US (Sankalp)
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare
Phone No.24641627

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Expeditious disposal of Grievances, representations and disciplinary cases

No A-19015/Misc/2012/MF.CGA/Gr B/336
22 .7.2014
Sub:- Expeditious disposal of Grievances, representations and disciplinary cases.


1. It has been observed that the process of settling the disciplinary case in the Civil Accounts Organisation has been rather slow and in many cases delayed. A large number of departmental Inquiries remain pending with the disciplinary authorities for a long period. In many cases it has been observed that the disciplinary process is continuing even after the officer proceeded on retirement.

2. The recently held Departmental Promotion Committee has also taken a serious view of the long pending Disciplinary proceedings in respect of some of the Gr B officers. This delay in settlement of the disciplinary proceedings not only adversely affects the officers'career but also acts as a great demoralization force on its employees. This lingering process continues despite their having directives of eve in its order dated 3-3-2003 for time bound and speedy disposal of the Disciplinary matters.

3. Delays occurring in disposal of disciplinary cases which are not due to employees affect the morale of the delinquent official and others and causes prejudice to the concerned officials. eve and DoPT guidelines on expeditious disposal of disciplinary cases are given below:-

a) The CVC has prescribed time limits for processing of cases of disciplinary proceedings in its letter ~Jo 000/VGL/18 dated 23-5-2000. In the letter 15 items/stages in the disciplinary cases where the time limit has been delineated.

b) DoPT OM Dated 14-10-2013 prescribes day to day hearing of disciplinary matters.

c) DoPT OM dated 14-10-2013 prescribes total 18 months for disposal of disciplinary matters.

d) Delays in disposal of disciplinary matters, which are due to delinquent officials causes prejudice these averments, have been upheld by various judicial pronouncements. Merely on account of delays Courts have quashed the proceedings. Case laws are enclosed.

4. Need for reasoned and speaking order:-

Instances have also come to light perusing files pertaining to certain Disciplinary matters that the representations of Charged Officers in the Disciplinary proceedings are kept pending for long.

a) The representations of the employees have to be replied in time bound manner with speaking order. DoPT OM Dated 11-1-2002 prescribes when a representation is made by a Government employee; it should generally be disposed of within a maximum period of six weeks. Final reply sent to a Government servant on his representation should be self-contained, cover all the points raised by him and in a case where the representation of the Government servant is rejected the grounds, therefore, should be clearly indicated.

b) Regarding disciplinary matter it is mandatory to give speaking order due to its quasi-judicial nature, vide eve circular dated 15-1-2009.

4. The above prescribed methods of disposal of cases through reasoned and speaking order would close the disputes in most of the cases and reduce the litigation. This is the vision stated in the National Litigation Policy 2010, too. Para "2" of the Policy says quote "Government must cease to be a compulsive litigant. The philosophy that matters should be left to the courts for ultimate decision has to be discarded. The easy approach, " Let the Court decide," must be eschewed and condemned". Unquote.

5. The DoPT while considering the subject of accountability in decision making, issued an Office Memorandum dated 16-02-2004 stressed that any officer adopting dilatory attitude leading to delay in decision making could be subjected to disciplinary proceeding.

6.  All Pr.CCAs/CCAs/CAs are therefore requested to note and strictly adhere to the prescribed schedule of time limits in dealing with disciplinary cases.

7.  This issues with the approval of Competent Authority.

Encl.: All above OMs/Circulars [view]
(Sakesh Prasad Singh)
Deputy Controller General of Accounts

Source: http://cga.nic.in/writereaddata/GuidelinesDisciplinaryProceed.pdf

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Special Arrangements Made for Accepting Returns of Income;

Offices to Remain Open on 26th July and 27th July, 2014, Being Saturday and Sunday, for Accepting the Returns During Normal Office Hours

For the convenience of the taxpayers, the Income Tax Department has decided to keep the offices open for accepting the returns of income during normal office hours on 26th July and 27th July, 2014, being Saturday and Sunday. This direction has been issued by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) in exercise of powers conferred under Section 119 of the Income Tax Act, 1961. Special arrangements have also been made by way of opening additional receipt counters, wherever required, on 26th, 27th, 28th, 30th and 31st July, 2014 in order to facilitate the taxpayers in filing their returns of income conveniently and in a timely manner.

            The due date for filing of return of income within the meaning of Explanation 2(c) to Section 139(1) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 is 31st July, 2014.


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